Sujit Bhavsar (MBA '07) and his family attended the Olympic Games in China to cheer on younger brother Raj, a bronze medalist on the U.S. Men's Gymnastics team. Here are some of Sujit's thoughts about the experience.
So how do you sum up Beijing and the 2008 Olympics in a few words? The atmosphere and the buzz was amazing. Everywhere you looked you saw thousands of volunteers/ staff, and the signs reminding you about what the Olympics are all about. China's slogan for the Olympics was so simple, yet so deep and empowering - "One World, One Dream". It was beautiful to see so many athletes, spectators, people of the city come together for one purpose - to watch athletes live out their dreams and watch as stories of struggle, passion, and energy come through in their eyes. As an American you can't help but root for the U.S. teams in various events but I found myself cheering for athletes all over the world. Watching Raj look up into the stands after the team clinched bronze brought tears to my eyes and it's something I will never forget.
Bonnie Blanchard (BSN '00, MN '04) started in June as a Research Nurse Coordinator for Swedish Neuroscience Institute.
Chris Heiland (Business '02) joined the UW Seattle Marketing team as a primary web developer this past summer. ... Shane Hill (BSN '02) is in the Nursing Anesthesia program at the University of New England and looks to complete the challenging path of study in late 2009.
Karen Story (Business '04) left her position at MultiCare Health System as an internal auditor to be the manager of the brand new pre-service center, which is part of MultiCare's revenue cycle. She will create the department from scratch and increase revenue opportunities for the non-profit healthcare organization.
Dana Bush (MN '05) is beginning her Ph.D. studies. She is also teaching Fundamentals in the ASN program at Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Springfield, Mo. ... In September, Kathleen Bartholomew (MN '05) spoke in Chicago, Ill. as a featured national expert at the Nursing Leadership Summit.
Holli Martinez (IAS '08) and her husband Edgar, launched their Martinez Foundation in late September. The Foundation provides scholarship support to minority students who are pursuing their studies in education.
Congratulations to the 19 members of the original Nursing cohort in Mount Vernon that graduated this past August. Of the group Elizabeth Anderson (BSN '08), Miguel Arteaga (BSN '08), Gabriella Mihaly (BSN '08) and Claude Weadon (BSN '08) have enrolled UW Bothell's Master of Nursing program.
MACS-NIFICENT! The following UW Bothell grads are part of the inaugural cohort of UW Bothell's new Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS): Ann Ferreira (Liberal Studies '97), Christi Nelson, (IAS '00), Nikki Neuen (IAS '04), Tyler Pratt (IAS '07), Salena Farris (IAS '08), Valerie Heuschkel (IAS '08), and Faith Simonelli (IAS '08).